American-Nigerian forward Sophia Omidiji, has been speaking on her recent move from Belgian side KAA Gent to SBV Excelsior in Rotterdam.
Omidiji who signed for Gent during the December transfer window put pen to paper this week to one of Eredivisie’s top sides.
In a chat to LadiesMarch, Omidiji disclosed why her stay at Gent was short-lived.
“I left for an opportunity to play in the Eredivise which is a very competitive league and an opportunity to play with some of the best players and everyone knows that the best trainers coach in the Netherlands.”
Omidiji also believes the quality of her present coach Sander Luiten, ended her stay at Gent.
“My coach is actually a part of the KNVB which is the Dutch FA and instructor. He will only make me better and testing myself up against some of the best Dutch players is a blessing,” said Omidiji.
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The 20-year-old forward played 20 games at Gent and scored 18 goals. Omidiji does not doubt the possibility of replicating her impressive form at the Kralingers.
“I not only score, I can create as well. I never doubt myself and I never question myself
“I know what my abilities and capabilities are. Going to Excelsior is of course going to be challenging because it’s a new team in a league filled with established women’s teams like Ajax, PSV, FC Twente and Ado Den Haag.
“Excelsior is an institution in the Netherlands with great organization, great club, and great supporters in a great city,” she professed.
Omidiji also has her sight set on the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and hopes to play either for Nigeria or the United States of America.
“My goal has always been to play at the World Cup because that is the highest level for any player so, playing at Excelsior, being coached by amazing coaches, playing some of the best teams in Holland will definitely be great preparation for the World Cup and that is my goal and that’s why I chose excelsior
“I had offers from other clubs but it’s an opportunity to play in a tough league where technique is king.”
Omidiji who was in Nigeria Falconets camp for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea but failed to make the squad, wants to put her misfortunes behind and try again.
“No one ever said life is going to be easy, no one ever said that accomplishing your goals is going to be easy
“And the bigger the goal, the harder it might be to accomplish it and hopefully it will be a lesson to everyone that no matter what you go through if you set your sight on a goal keep going
“I have the zeal to play at the 2019 World Cup whether it’s with Nigeria or the United States, Only God Knows,” Omidiji revealed.
The new Eredivisie season kicks off in September.